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As it happened: Boris Johnson becomes next PM as Ministers resign

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23 July 2019 | UK NEWS
Welcome to the Wolves of Westminster coverage of the final day of the Conservative Party Leadership contest, live from Westminster.

HEADLINES:
– Boris Johnson elected – 92,153 votes (66%)
– Jeremy Hunt – 46,656 votes
– Two Cabinet Ministers announce resignations – David Gauke & Rory Stewart
– Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for General Election

Who is our new PM? It may seem like a fairly obvious question but in case you aren’t aware of Bojo’s career highlights, here is a little career timeline for you to enjoy.

1987: After graduating from Oxford, the young journalist picked up a reporting gig at The Times. However, he was sacked by his editor after inventing a qoute for an article on the archaelogical discovery of Edward II’s palace.

1987 – 1994: Soon after his sacking Max Hastings came knocking from The Daily Telegraph and asked a young Boris to come aboard and be his man in Brussells. Johnson has impressed Max during his Oxford debating days, where Mr Hastings noticed Johnsons ability to captivate an audience in his role as President of the Oxford Union. With his quick witt and sharp eye for a story, Boris had built up a reputation for delivering entertaining pieces. On the other hand, some of these articles were notorious for blowing up the truth and for coming across as a quite trivial. One story that stands out was when Mr Johnson claimed that the EU’s Strasbourg Headquarters were to be blown up… A story that even to this day Mr Johnson seems to laugh at.

1994 – 1999: Having become a notable figure within the world of political journalism. Max Hastings, editor of The Telegraph, turned down Boris’ request to become a War reporter and instead was promoted to the role of chief political correspondent.

1999 – 2005: The Daily Telegraph’s sister publication, The Spectator, invited Boris to be one of their political columnists and after making appearances on shows such as Have I got News For You, Parkinson, Breakfast with Frost and Clarkson, he was fast becoming a popular public figure. So much so that lifestyle magazine GQ got Boris to be their motoring correspondent, getting him to write up reviews on newly released cars, a subject he wasn’t all that knowladgable on.

1999 – 2005: Boris seemed to be dominating the world of journalism in the early noughties. Just before the turn of the century, proprietor of The Spectator, Conrad Black, had offered Mr Johnson editorship of the magazine. However, these were on the conditions that he ditch any attempt to stand in a UK parliamentary election.

2001 – 2008: Although Conrad Black had instructed Boris not to stand for parliament, he ended up doing so anyway. He stood in the safe Tory seat of Henley in Oxfordshire. Despite a split in support from the local Conservative branch, Johnson ended up silencing the critics by securing an 8,500 majority win.

2005: Andrew Neil became Cheif executive of The Spectator and ended up dismissing Johnson as editor. This led to Boris renegotiating his contract with The Daily Telegraph, getting them to raise his salary from £200,000 – £250,000 a year, equating to £5,000 per column.

2007 – 2008: After David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party in 2005, he decided to get his fellow Oxford and Bullingdon pal on the campaign trail to become the new Mayor of London. Although London was notoriously red, Ken Livingstone (Johnson’s competitor) knew that Boris was going to be his toughest opponent. And he was right… In May 2008 Boris won the Mayoral election and defeated Ken by winning 43% of the vote.

2008 – 2012: A first term defined by two things. 1) The London Riots of 2011 and 2) The Olympic Games hosted in London. A failed zip-wire attempt also prepelled Boris into a global figure of fun. A man who for many had become the political face of the 2012 Olympics. Nobody was interested in David Cameron, Lord Coe or even The Queen jumping out of a helicopter. It was all about Bojo and the zip-wire.

2012 – 2016: On the back of winning the nation’s heart, he secured a second term as Mayor of London. And when a general election came calling in 2015 Boris lept at the chance of standing in it, knowing that if he managed to get back into the commons that meant he was one step closer to succeeding his best mate Dave in Number 10.

2016 – 2018: Appointed Foreign Secretary by incoming Prime Minister Theresa May. Boris’ stint at the head of the Foreign Office was colourful to say the least, with probably his controversial episode being a chance remark that he let slip regarding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, which caused her sentence in Iran to be extended. Boris resigned as Foreign Secretary in July 2018, three days after the Chequers Agreement was announced by Theresa May, and returned to the backbenches.

July 2019: Boris Johnson is announced as the next Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister on Tuesday 23rd, and takes up his post following Theresa May’s offer of resignation to the Queen the day after, which she accepts.


The moral of this career timeline is that if Boris can go from being a young journalist sliding in and out of controversy to then 20 years down the line become the UK’s Prime Minister, then it is certainly possible for one of the younger, better-looking Wolves writers to make that same transition. The problem is… who?

15:00pm – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has voiced her concerns on the election of Mr Johnson. She has urged him to rule out a no-deal Brexit, however a big part of Boris’ success has been about leaving on the 31st October no matter what…

14.15pm – Our live coverage stops until later.

13.48pm – Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson:

13.41pm – DFID Secretary and former Leadership runner Rory Stewart resigns from Government, marking the second Cabinet resignation today:

13.33pm – Boris Johnson’s first full speech as Conservative Party Leader:

I want to begin by thanking my opponent, Jeremy, by common consent an absolutely formidable campaigner and a great leader and a great politician.
Jeremy, in the course of 20 hustings, more, 20 hustings or hustings-style events, it was more than 3,000 miles by the way, it was about 7,000 miles that we did criss-crossing the country, you’ve been friendly, you’ve been good natured, you’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I intend to steal forthwith.
And above all I want to thank our outgoing leader, Theresa May, for her extraordinary service to this party and to this country.
It was a privilege. It was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet and to see the passion and determination that she brought to the many causes that are her legacy – from equal pay for men and women, to tackling the problems of mental health and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
Thank you, Theresa. Thank you.
And I want to thank all of you. All of you here today and obviously I want [to thank] everybody in the Conservative party for your hard work, for your campaigning, for your public spirit and obviously for the extraordinary honour and privilege you have just conferred on me.
And I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision.
And there may even be some people here who still wonder quite what they have done.
I would just point out to you of course nobody, no one party, no one person
has a monopoly of wisdom. But if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party’s existence you will see that it is we Conservatives who have had the best insights, I think, into human nature.
And the best insights into how to manage the jostling sets of instincts in the human heart. And time and again it is to us that the people of this country have turned to get that balance right.
Between the instincts to own your own house, your own home, to earn and spend your own money, to look after your own family. Good instincts, proper instincts, noble instincts.
And the equally noble instinct to share. And to give everyone a fair chance in life. And to look after the poorest and the neediest and to build a great society.
And on the whole in the last 200 years it is we Conservatives who have understood best how to encourage those instincts, to work together in harmony to promote the good of the whole country.
And today at this pivotal moment in our history we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two noble sets of instincts.
Between the deep desire of friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between Britain and our European partners.
And the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country.
And of course, there are some people who say that they’re irreconcilable and it just can’t be done.
And indeed I read in my Financial Times this morning, devoted reader that I am – seriously, it is a great, great, great British brand.
I read in my Financial Times this morning that there is no incoming leader, no incoming leader has ever faced such a set of daunting circumstances, it said.
Well, I look at you this morning and I ask myself, do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me.
And I think that we know we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it.
And we know the mantra of the campaign that has just gone by, in case you have forgotten it and you probably have, it is deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do.
We are all going to defeat Jeremy Corbyn.
I know that some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite and defeat was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells dud – but they forgot the final ‘e’ my friends, ‘e’ for energise.
And I say to all the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country.
We are going to get Brexit done on October 31st.
We are going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of can-do.
And we are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.
And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity, with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household – we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward.
I thank you all very much for the incredible honour that you have just done me.
I will work flat out from now on with my team that I will build, I hope in the next few days, to repay your confidence, but in the meantime the campaign is over and the work begins.
Thank you all very much.

13.25pm – “The mood in the Parliamentary Party is to unite behind a new leader” – contender to Johnson, Jeremy Hunt says on Sky News

13.21pm – Wolves of Westminster News Editor gives his analysis of the result:

13.18pm – The new Conservative Party Leader tweets:

12.51pm – Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis “180,000 members in Party”

12.39pm – Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price says Welsh independence is “when” not “if” on the back of Johnson win

12.37pm – US President Donald Trump congratulates Johnson

12.34pm – “You have my full support from the back benches” Theresa May says as she congratulates Boris Johnson

12.33pm – Former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party James Cleverly congratulates Johnson

12.27pm – New leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson Tweets the link to join the Lib Dems as she tries to appeal to people who worry about Brexit:

12.25pm – Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for General Election in Tweets:

12.23pm – DUP Leader congratulates Johnson

12.15pm – Justice Secretary David Gauke announces resignation whilst Johnson delivers speech:

12.13pm – Boris Johnson ends his speech

12.12pm – “We must unite and deliver Brexit” – Johnson

12.11pm – “We must beat Jeremy Corbyn” – Johnson

12.05pm – Johnson thanks Hunt as candidate and plays tribute to May

12.04pm – Boris Johnson elected with 92,153 votes. Hunt received 46,656 votes.

12.01pm – Lewis thanks colleagues and Theresa May for her service. Says the Party must be united.

11.57am – Party Chairman Brandon Lewis opens event, thanking Party members

11.55am – Event has started with a montage of images and voices of previous Conservative PM’s

11.52am – Reports that Boris Johnson has not arrived at the QEII Centre

11.49am – DUP Confidence and Supply partner Leader Arlene Foster is watching developments live

11.45am – “I have always had grave concern about no deal” – Anne Milton MP who has resigned as a Minister in the last hour

11.42am – Commentator Iain Dale says on Sky News Gove might be picked for chancellor because of his radical thinking, although it’s unlikely because of his history

11.36am – Anne Milton MP, who resigned just as a Minister, releases her resignation letter

11.33am – Home Secretary Sajid Javid is inside the QEII Conference Centre. There is much speculation he will be given a top job under the next administration

11.29am – Jacob Rees-Mogg, Liz Truss, Dominic Raab, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt all arrive at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster

11.24am – Theresa May appoints a Labour MP to advise Government on anti-Semitism. John Mann MP has been bought in.

11.15am – Welcome to our live coverage. Opening up the blog, Education Minister Anne Milton MP resigns from the Government

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